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30 days to a charmed life Day 27: organize and simplify

posted by Victoria Moran

Life is meant to be rich and full and fabulous, but if it’s too full, you lose the fabulous. It’s necessary to slow down, pare down, discard, de-clutter, and simplify.

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30 days to a charmed life day 20: learn to say no

posted by Victoria Moran

You can’t have a charmed life unless you’re able to say no. You don’t have to give reasons, excuses, or explanations.

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30 days to a charmed life Day 18: change just one habit

posted by Victoria Moran

Change just one habit. Figure out what its opposite is, write that as your personal affirmation and glue it to your memory. And every time you actually do this thing, the opposite action of the habit you want to sever, give yourself a fabulous compliment.

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30 days to a charmed life Day 10: Go forth and prosper

posted by Victoria Moran

Today’s charmed-life charge is “go forth and prosper,” with suggestions on getting out of debt and opening up to more prosperity, practically and spiritually.

30 days to a charmed life — Day 6: role with the punches

posted by Victoria Moran

Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches.

Tax relief to keep pets at home

posted by Victoria Moran

A bill before Congress would help people keep their pets in these hard times.

A life-coaching exercise

posted by Victoria Moran

Certified life coach Victoria Moran shares a life-coaching exercise to illustrate who’s really closest to us and how to best use our relational energies.

Overcoming invisibility — why midlife women need to show up, be seen, and make noise

posted by Victoria Moran

This excerpt from Younger by the Day, by Victoria Moran, shares techniques for overcoming the invisibility many women feel that they experience when they’re no longer young.

Baby chicks, eggs, & a YouTube sensation for a kinder world

posted by Victoria Moran

Victoria Moran’s guest blogger, Marisa Miller Wolfson of Kind Green Planet, shares a high-rated YouTube video on the perils of modern egg production, a couple of yummy vegan recipes, and the challenge: can you go egg-free for one week?

Mastering the Up-Spin

posted by Victoria Moran

If the politicians and PR people can spin things to suit them, you can certainly spin things to the upbeat, the positive side. An excerpt from Victoria Moran’s book, Younger by the Day.

Kanye West, Joe Wilson, and my husband’s values

posted by Victoria Moran

Kanye West’s Video Music Awards outburst and Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” comment during President Obama’s speech inspire life coach Victoria Moran write about her husband’s values: discretion, integrity, tolerance, civility, and humility.

A money quiz!

posted by Victoria Moran

Coach Elizabeth Grant and author Cindy Ashton offer a fun, insightful quiz on how you’re relating to money. Victoria Moran took the quiz and is a believer.

Health care follow-up…

posted by Victoria Moran

Following up on Friday’s controversial post, blogger Victoria Moran poses more questions on the health care reform debate, asking questions about health freedom and alternative health care.

The ease of doing things right

posted by Victoria Moran

Life coach and cat-parent Victoria Moran learns from a capable cat groomer the ease and grace of doing things right.

PeTA save the whales

posted by Victoria Moran

Victoria Moran, a vegan and author of The Love-Powered Diet, has long been a supporter of Peta. Their current campaign that refers to obese persons as “whales” puts Moran, who struggled with weight for years herself, on the other side.

The Red-Carpet Technique

posted by Victoria Moran

standing up for yourself, taking a stand, red-carpet technique, yoga

To all commenters …

posted by Victoria Moran

I’m not ignoring you: this browser problem means that not only can I not do links or images, I can’t respond to comments either. To Theresa who just asked about organic food: I’m with you — sometimes buying conventional produce […]

The Necessity of Time Off

posted by Victoria Moran

Remember how, when you a kid, it was almost worth being sick so you could stay home from school? I’m having a similar feeling right now: my computer is acting funny. It’s running slowly and it gives me the black […]

How I Felt Better

posted by Victoria Moran

Thanks for bearing with me through the loss of my dog. You know what I did Sunday afternoon to feel a little better? I went out. I just walked out into the world where life was going on and felt […]

Losing Michael and Farrah and Control…Gaining Acceptance and Faith and Appreciation

posted by Victoria Moran

Late again. I feel like the Night Blogger of South Harlem.  I guess the keynote I’m sensing right now is the fragility of life. We lost Ed McMahon, and Farrah Faucett lost her battle to cancer. Michael Jackson died with […]

Thoughts on a Simpler Life

posted by Victoria Moran

I wrote this over a year ago. It feels even more applicable now. Maybe you can relate:          I want a life with less stuff in it – fewer clothes I don’t wear, less mail and less paper; fewer to-do […]

Honesty Exercises (for Addicts and Others)

posted by Victoria Moran

I’m speaking at the New Age Health Spa (yeah, it’s wonderful) and thought I’d share with you this clip from The Love-Powered Diet: Eating for Freedom, Health, and Joy [(c) 2009 Victoria Moran, Lantern Books, NYC]. Honesty is essential in overcoming any […]

On the Road Again…

posted by Victoria Moran

This is a quick post before I head for John Wayne Airport in Orange County. I’ve driven valiantly in LA these past five days, but my only freeway experience was Sunday when there was no traffic, so today will be […]

Some Thoughts on Balance

posted by Victoria Moran

    Someone told me a long time ago that life has four basic parts that we can visualize as an all-arms-equal cross, like the Red Cross symbol. The four arms are: faith and spirituality; health, joy, and personal well-being; family, […]

Bouncing Back

posted by Victoria Moran

Some people think I have a very exciting life, even borderline glamorous. And sometimes I think so too. But the lessons of life get in there for all of us—karma or whatever it is—and I sometimes feel like one of […]

Conventional Wisdom: Loosening Up and Learning to Love

posted by Victoria Moran

I thought you might enjoy this. I wrote it a couple of years ago. Two different magazines bought it and then un-bought it. Maybe that means you’re supposed to be reading it now. I find this a joy-filled tribute to […]

Quick Clicks to Help Animals

posted by Victoria Moran

If you’re a champion of the non-humans with whom we share this planet, here’s a way to help some of them without writing a check. Just click on these sites — daily if you can — and your clicks keep […]

Making Peace with Food & Losing Weight for Keeps

posted by Victoria Moran

The Kirstie Ally interview on Oprah a couple of weeks ago nearly broke my heart. I identified — and not just because Kirstie and I are about the same age and we’re both Midwestern gals with a lot of spunk. Here’s […]

Reinvention, Re-creating, & Starting All Over Again

posted by Victoria Moran

Sometimes things happen. Everything was great and then: wham! The job goes, the truelove isn’t true, the yearly checkup has bad news. What do you do? You marshal your resources, give it all you’ve got, and RE-create a charmed life […]

Preemptive Happiness

posted by Victoria Moran

This is my daughter, Adair, and her husband, Nick, at their wedding. (And Aspen, flower dog, whom you already know if you’ve read this blog for awhile.) They’re spending Mother’s Day with Nick’s parents in Vermont (high time, too — […]

If I Were My Own Life Coach …

posted by Victoria Moran

If I were my own life coach, I would say: “Victoria, the hell with it. Seriously. Take care of yourself, take care of your family, and everything else can take a number.” And since I am my own life coach right […]

A Dozen Life Charmers to Turn It All Around

posted by Victoria Moran

You’re reading a blog called “Your Charmed Life,” and I’d like to give you on this May Day some suggestions that I think lead to living one. These are the 12 I came up with, drawing on my new book […]

Self-esteem, Self-worth, and Self-love, Part 2

posted by Victoria Moran

I left you yesterday with a cliffhanger: the three ways I know of to ease the burden of doubt, despair, guilt and shame that can not only build up over a lifetime, but that we take on at birth. (If […]

Pay As You Go: The Miracle of a Cash Economy

posted by Victoria Moran

Good Lord, we’re in a lot of debt! We’re in debt as individuals and we’re in debt as a nation. This is bad metaphysics. You cannot dig yourself out of a hole by digging the hole deeper. But you can […]

The Law of Compensation

posted by Victoria Moran

When you read this, I’ll be away. I speak five or six times a year at the New Age Health Spa in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. These are some of the sweetest times in my whole year. […]

Floral Economy on the Upswing…

posted by Victoria Moran

I saw daffodils in Central Park today. I was coming crosstown on the bus, looking at the tall buildings to the south and thinking that this isn’t such a great spring for many of their inhabitants. Stock portfolios have tanked, […]

Divine Referral

posted by Victoria Moran

I was walking south on Broadway at 86th Street and heard my name. A gentleman I know from church was walking uptown with his Fairway Market bags. I told him he looked wonderful (he did) and he gave the credit […]

Blast from the Past

posted by Victoria Moran

My daughter, Adair, was doing some background work earlier this week and sent me this photo entitled, “Me in the 1950s.” I was shocked at how much the picture looked like one of my mother when she was young, taken […]

Top 10 Ways to Stop Being Afraid

posted by Victoria Moran

Fear is running rampant in our country and our world. Every person who refuses to buy into the terror puts out a different energy. We’ll never overcome what we’re faced with if we can’t get the fear out of the […]

Know Thyself (and All Thy Parts)

posted by Victoria Moran

Whenever I get together with my friend Elizabeth from Kansas City, she reminds me of what she contends is the funniest thing I ever said. “Remember that time we were all out for breakfast,” she begins, “and you said, ‘The […]

The Torpedo Principle

posted by Victoria Moran

One of the first self-development books I ever read — years before I even dreamed I’d be writing these kinds of books myself — was Psycho-Cybernetics. The author was Maxwell Maltz, MD, a plastic surgeon who had noticed that some […]

Victoria’s Victorious Bailout Plan

posted by Victoria Moran

Everybody else has a bailout plan for the economic woes facing our country and the world, so I figured I could come up with one, too. My plan isn’t national and political; it’s personal and spiritual. I started formulating these […]

Accepting Limitations

posted by Victoria Moran

Yesterday was humbling. I spent four hours with a lovely woman named Liani Greaves who is a professional organizer. At the task of finding a place for everything and seeing that everything has its place, she is brilliant. And I’m […]

Ultimate Success Affirmation

posted by Victoria Moran

Last weekend I spoke for the Institute of Integrative Nutrition at Lincoln Center in New York City. As I prepared my presentation, I knew I wanted to offer something succinct that would speak to a thousand-plus students on their way […]

Wise Words of Wednesday

posted by Victoria Moran

I am so fortunate to know people who tell me what I need to hear. That happened last night in a teleclass I’m teaching called “Come Into Your Own in 2009.” We’re meeting every Tuesday night in January and once […]

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Tomorrow is my swan song ...
Hi, friends -- I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I would be giving up this blog at the end of my contract period. It's not an easy parting, since I look forward to our chats, but I haven't been able to figure out how to blog every day, have ...

posted 5:53:10pm Dec. 14, 2009 | read full post »

My top 10 favorite posts of 2009
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posted 7:08:45am Dec. 14, 2009 | read full post »

Preparing for Christmas
I took a class on mysticism the other night at The NY Open Center. The instructor was Jon Mundy, Ph.D., who publishes Miracles magazine. He had copies available -- it's wonderful -- and one tiny article caught my eye. I reproduce it here ...

posted 8:35:03am Dec. 11, 2009 | read full post »

Peace on Earth ... but maybe not quiet ...
I just visited The Writers Room. It is a wonderful place where serious writers write lots and lots of real books: the evidence is on shelves when you walk in. I'm grateful that three professional contacts wrote me glowing recommendations and ...

posted 5:03:59pm Dec. 10, 2009 | read full post »

Do You Use the Guest Towels? -- a guest blog from Elizabeth Grant
Do You Use the Guest Towels?  by Elizabeth A. Grant One of the greatest obstacles I see with clients is that people have trouble valuing themselves highly. Somewhere along the line, they took on a belief that they aren't worth ...

posted 10:40:34am Dec. 09, 2009 | read full post »

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